Judith Ann Nelson, 64 of Lexington passed away on Thursday March 12, 2015 at her residence. Another angel is on her way to paradise.
There will be a funeral service for Judith on Thursday March 19, 2015 at 10 AM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pastor Danny McCubbins will officiate. There will be a visitation on Wednesday March 18, 2015 from 5-7 PM at the Memorial Home. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.
Judy was born January 26, 1951 in Bloomington to a pair of hard working, ever loving parents, William H. and Eva J. Steigberger Jordine.
On June 28th, 1969, Judy married her prince charming, the young, strong, and handsome Marine, William T. Nelson. Judy and Bill were inseparable for over 45 years. Words can’t describe the love they shared. The pair produced three extremely handsome children, Christopher and Timothy (Lori) Nelson of Bloomington, and Cory (Theresa) Nelson of Heyworth. William, as well as all three children survive Judy.
Judy never had the “girl” she wanted, so her three boys went to work. They were able to give Judy 8 beautiful grand daughters, as well as a couple handsome grand sons. Nicole, Crystal, Hailey, Tyler, Kylee, Amber, Ashlee, Alexis, Mackenzie and Gage, as well as one great grand son, Carter Martinez were all so blessed to have Granny in their lives. Each one held a very special place in Judy’s big heart! All the grand children survive her.
She is also survived by one older sister Irma Jackson of Bloomington. Judy was preceded in death by her parents. She is certainly busy in heaven right now telling her parents about all her grand babies!
Spending time with her family brought more joy and happiness to Judy than anything in this world. Judy could never get enough of their company. Just sitting on the couch chatting with family was something that Judy loved to do. Having a “sleepover with granny” was an event the kids and Judy both loved so much. She loved baking Christmas cookies with the grandkids every year. A couple years ago she started a new “Sunday Family Dinner” tradition. Nothing put a bigger smile on her face than seeing her entire family sitting around the dinner table enjoying her world famous cooking.
Judy worked most of her adult life once her boys were in school. She counted down the days until her retirement from Illinois State University in 2011. Her mother (and best friend) Eva, passed away suddenly at 65, so Judy didn’t see any reason to expect to live any longer than her. To the dismay of everyone that knew her, she was correct. Since Judy anticipated an early passing, she did not want to waste one second of her unfortunately short retirement.
She loved vacationing with her family. Some of the places she visited with her family in recent years include: Washington DC, Florida, Disney World, New York, California, New Orleans, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, and nearly the entire Caribbean. She took a special liking to cruising the Caribbean. Without a doubt, the best vacation Judy had was in 2005. She took her whole family with her on a Caribbean cruise. Sitting on a white sand beach, sipping a Blue Lagoon while watching her kids play in the ocean would be a perfect day in Judy’s eyes. At the time of her passing, Judy already had her next 5 vacations scheduled.
Judy loved gardening and sharing her home grown vegetables. She had a “craft room” in her house and loved making cards and scrapbooks with the kids. She loved watching MJ’s Bulls win the six titles in the 90s with her boys. She loved watching her grand children participate in their sports of softball, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and football. She loved “reality tv” and watched many of the shows religiously..
Judy, loved living life. She had a huge impact on the lives of everyone she touched. Friends and family that knew Judy could easily describe her….. She was the Best Friend, Wife, Mother and Granny there ever walked this planet.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.